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Saturday, 20 August 2011

KK: Police yet to arrest woman acid attacker

KOTA KINABALU: Police have not made any arrest in connection with the attack on a local woman with a corrosive liquid, believed to be acid, by an unidentified man in a vehicle at Taman Khidmat, Kolombong on Wednesday.

City police chief ACP Ahmad Sofi Zakaria said police were carrying out a thorough investigation into the case and urged eyewitnesses to come forward to assist police in their investigation.

“Police are still investigating the motive behind the attack,” he told reporters yesterday.

According to Sofi, it is believed that based on initial police investigations the corrosive liquid was not an acid and the liquid had been handed to the Chemistry Department for analysis.

The case will be investigated under Section 326 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing grievous hurt.

On Wednesday, the 22-year-old victim, identified only as Ling, was attacked by her assailant who splashed a corrosive liquid on her face while she was walking to a supermarket at Taman Khidmat in Kolombong.

She suffered burns on her face and is currently being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The corrosive liquid splashing incident is creating fear that the assailant might be a copycat splasher following incidents that happened in peninsular Malaysia.

Word of the incident has been spreading on social network site Facebook as city dwellers cautioned people over the attack. The Facebook posting raised concerns whether a copycat splasher was on the prowl in the city.

Meanwhile, police in Kuala Lumpur have set up a task force to gather information and track down the culprits of recent acid attack cases.

CID director Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Mohd Zinin said Thursday the police were going all-out to nail the culprits and hoped to solve the cases soon.

Mohd Bakri dismissed speculation that the attacks were related to the serial acid splasher who had injured several people since March this year.

“We have strong reasons to believe that these crimes are totally unrelated,” he said in a statement.

One of the cases involved a dispatch rider who was splashed with liquid believed to be acid at a petrol station in Sungai Besi before being robbed of RM18,000 on July 26.

The other incident occurred beside a public toilet near Wisma Bumi Raya in Jalan Raja Laut on Aug 8, where a 27-year-old man was splashed with liquid believed to be acid by one of three youths.


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